Legalizing Medical Marijuana. Research Paper by writingsensation

Legalizing Medical Marijuana.
This paper examines the history of the use of medical marijuana. It explores the legal prohibition to its being prescribed despite the many contrary arguments in its support.
# 91337 | 3,120 words | 13 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2006 in Law (Civil) , Medical and Health (Drugs)

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This paper examines the opposing legal arguments to de-criminalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons. Positive moves to change the prohibition are at present on the agenda which is encouraged by positive comments coming from government.

Background and Overview
Controlling Legislation
Future Trends

From the Paper:

"There is not a shred of scientific evidence that smoked marijuana is useful or needed. -- U.S. Drug Czar, General Barry McCaffrey, August 16, 1996

Marijuana is the safest therapeutically active substance known to man... safer than many foods we commonly consume. -- DEA Judge Francis L. Young, September 6, 1988

The epigraphs above are illustrative of the differing opinions concerning the use of medical marijuana in the United States today. While the debate over medical marijuana continues to rage and national trends suggesting that the majority of Americans favor its legalization, the U.S. Supreme Court has recently held that federal law as codified in the Controlled Substances Act takes precedence over the individual states' rights to regulate its use. In this environment, do the federal laws prohibiting the use of medical marijuana constitute a legitimate attempt to help terminally ill patients avoid substances that could hasten their deaths, or do they represent a fundamental violation of individual civil liberties? To answer this question, this paper provides a review of the peer-reviewed and other current literature to develop an informed background and to identify the controlling legislation involved. An analysis of the current and future trends in the legalization of medical marijuana will be followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bock, Alan W. Waiting to Inhale: The Politics of Medical Marijuana.. Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks, 2000.
  • Christenson, Vonn. (2004). "Courts Protect Ninth Circuit Doctors Who Recommend Medical Marijuana Use." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 32(1):174.
  • Earleywine, Mitch. Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Fagan, Jeffrey, Jan Holland and Valerie West. (2003). "Reciprocal Effects of Crime and Incarceration in New York City Neighborhoods." Fordham Urban Law Journal 30(5):1551.
  • Kay, Amanda. (2002). "The Agony of Ecstasy: Reconsidering the Punitive Approach to United States Drug Policy." Fordham Urban Law Journal 29(5):2133.

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